Us (2019)

The 2019 Jordan Peele film “Us” was shot around Santa Cruz in Northern California, as well as several spots around Southern California. The film’s opening, set in 1986, was shot at the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk. “Sudden Impact” and “The Lost Boys” also famously shot on the boardwalk, with characters in this film even referencing the latter. As the parents of Adelaide Thomas walk past this area, they mention a movie is being filmed nearby.

LOCATION: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Young Adelaide roams away from her parents and heads out onto the beach. She sees the Vision Quest building right in this spot. There is no actual Vision Quest building, it was a set built by the production.

The same location is seen again in present day later in the film, when an adult Adelaide, played by Lupita Nyong’o, returns with her family. She sees the building again, which is now called Merlin’s Forest.

Adelaide’s son Jason sees a strange man standing with his arms outstretched, facing away from him near the end of the boardwalk on the beach.

The Wilson family stays in this vacation home, located in Pasadena. Identifying the home was no easy task. The house is part of North Kinneloa Ranch, a private, gated community in Kinneloa Mesa in Pasadena. There is no house number visible in the film. There is no street view of this neighborhood or real estate photos of the house available online. Even satellite views offered very little to go on, due to heavy tree coverage. Eventually, in spite of the many obstacles, we managed to identify the correct location. The home is actually a composite of a couple locations. The back portion facing the lake was filmed at Lake Gregory in Crestline.

LOCATION: 2256 Villa Heights Rd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Back in Northern California, when Adelaide’s family first heads to the boardwalk, they see a man being loaded into an ambulance. He’s holding the same sign as a man she saw on the boardwalk in her childhood. The location really is near the boardwalk, which is straight ahead at the end of the road.

LOCATION: 207 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The house where Josh and Kitty Tyler, played by Tim Heidecker and Elisabeth Moss, live can be found in Calabasas. While it is located on a public road, the home is not really visible from the street. It can be found at 854 Malibu Meadows Dr, Calabasas, CA 91302.

Later in the film, Adelaide is driving with her family and brakes suddenly when she sees a car on fire in the middle of the street. A masked boy stands in front of their vehicle.

LOCATION: Near 1163 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Here is the reverse view, where Jason is taken.

Black Panther (2018)

The 2018 superhero action film “Black Panther” shot in numerous locations, including Argentina, Busan, South Korea and Atlanta, Georgia. In the early scenes of the film, some kids play basketball in a parking lot in front of an apartment tower, supposedly located in Oakland, California.  The real building is the Wheat Street Towers, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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LOCATION: 375 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, makes his way to Busan, South Korea, along with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira). The three of them enter an exclusive casino in search of Klaue, played by Andy Serkis. The exterior scenes were an elaborate recreation of Jagalchi Market, a famous fish and seafood market. However, it was actually a heavily set dressed portion of the MET Atlanta business park in Altanta, Georgia (675 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310). The casino interior was built at EUE Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta (175 Lakewood Way SW, Atlanta, GA 30315).

The real Busan does feature in the film, however, during the ensuing car chase in pursuit of Klaue. Black Panther flips a car over as it crosses Gwangan Bridge.

LOCATION: Gwangan Bridge, Millak-dong, Busan, South Korea

Black Panther rides on the roof of a car down Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, a popular street near Gwangan Bridge. This area has a small beach with a great view of the bridge. Often boats are out on the water lighting fireworks. It attracts a young crowd and is a great area to visit, particularly at night, if you find yourself in Busan.

LOCATION: Near 195 Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Gwangan 2(i)-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea (GPS coordinates: 35.151638, 129.116886)

After Klaue is captured, he is taken to a CIA site, supposedly still located in South Korea. This is actually back in Atlanta, where the streets were set dressed to appear Korean.

LOCATION: 223 Mitchell St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

This 2018 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series was featured during the aforementioned Busan chase scene. Black Panther rides atop the remotely driven vehicle, leaping onto other vehicles to disable them on the streets of South Korea. The vehicle could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Lastly, we leave you with a Black Panther statue, which could be found at the Busan Museum of Movies. There were actually a couple statues placed outdoors near the filming locations in Busan, including the beach near Gwangan Bridge covered in this article. Two of the statues were unfortunately destroyed, however, within a month of going on display. They were identical to this one, which is still in tact in the lobby of the Busan Museum of Movies.

LOCATION: Busan Museum of Movies, 12 Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, Donggwangdong 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

Right next to the statue in the museum, you can find this information on the Busan filming locations. The locations are scattered all over the city, so unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit them all, but hope to in the future.